I really miss reading. I realized that this weekend as I actually sat and read, lost in a story, holding my breath as the characters battled each other in a gunfight, breathing in the scents described, hearing the sounds, in another world.
I remember as a teen my favorite summers involved going to swim practice at dawn, then laying on the floor devouring books until it was time for late afternoon swim practice. Heaven.
The years I spent as a bookseller were full of reading great books that I could share with my favorite guests at the store. And meeting authors of these rich stories and learning how they developed the ideas and what stories were in their heads.
Curling up with a cup of hot tea and a new book is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon.
So why have I not been doing that? Why is there a stack of books both physical and virtual on my Kindle that wait patiently to be read and enjoyed?
It’s simple. I’ve allowed other things to crowd out one of my great pleasures. Instead of making reading a priority, I’ve let it take a back seat, something to be done only when other things are complete. But that never seems to happen, does it?
I have good intentions. I’m sure you do too. I get home from a busy day and tell myself to hurry with the things I need to do at night so I can spend some time reading. But then there’s email to respond to, and other work to be done, and a show on tv that is mindless but compelling, and before I know it, the evening has gone, and it’s late. And when I get into bed to read a bit – my eyes get fuzzy and I doze right there with the book open or the Kindle on my pillow.
I love mysteries, but it is sad when it’s February, and I’m still slowly reading the “newest” novel by my favorite author that came out in May! And forget trying to check something out of the library – the last time I did that, I ended up renewing it so many times, I exhausted my available renewals. Oops.
So what is the solution? I need to make reading a priority.
I need to build in time in the morning, or on weekends, or earlier in the evening to read and be able to enjoy reading. It should not be a sleep aid.
How do you find time for reading?